Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Craig Whyte could finally take control of Rangers today after another night of talks with current owner Sir David Murray, who has been seeking cash guarantees. (the Sun)

The protracted takeover of Rangers by Craig Whyte was said to have reached an advanced stage last night, but several outstanding issues still need to be resolved before any deal can be finalised. (the Herald)

Rangers have been ranked 32nd in Europe, 22 places above Celtic, with Scotland remaining 15th top nation, only a point above Switzerland, ensuring they will reclaim a second Champions League place in 2012-13. (Various)

Sir Alex Ferguson says he will not stand down as Manchester United manager until the English club's owners tell the Scot he is too old to continue. (the Sun)

Blackpool and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam is on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist alongside Nemaje Vidic, Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri, Gareth Bale and Scott Parker. (Daily Express)

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says the club will only sell midfielder Charlie Adam for "daft" money and has quoted a figure of nearly £35m. (Daily Mirror)

Kilmarnock fear Mehdi Taouil's season is over after the midfielder suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that had kept him out for three games. (Various)

Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown has confirmed that striker Kevin Kyle's season looks to be over because of groin and hip injuries. (Daily Record)

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas has been banned for two games after the defender's sending off against Hibernian took him through the points barrier. (Various)

Dundee United defender Scott Severin, who has suffered six months on the sidelines, says he was originally told his ankle injury would take two weeks to heal. (Daily Record)

Hibernian midfielder Martin Scott texted Ian Black to apologise for the bad challenge on the Hearts player in Sunday's Edinburgh derby but insists he will not be changing his combative style of play. (Various)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood has told his players who he wants to keep for next season and who will be allowed to find new clubs. (the Scotsman)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has vowed to fight vigorously to clear his name after the Scottish Football Association launched a probe into Saturday's touchline row with Motherwell chairman John Boyle. (Various)

Actor Simon Weir has submitted a proposal to Glasgow City Council to rebuild the old terracing at Cathkin Park and hopes to revive Third Lanark as a junior club within five years. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

John and Sinead Kerr have announced their retirement from amateur ice skating after injury forced them out of the world championships in Moscow this month. (Daily Record)

Fraser McKenzie, tipped as a future Scotland international, has snubbed the offer of a new contract with Edinburgh and opted to sign for Sale Sharks after Glasgow Warriors admitted they could not afford to take the utility forward. (Various)

Four days after scoring his first try for Edinburgh, centre James King has signed a two-year contract extension. (the Scotsman)

Scotland have slipped to 14th in the world, behind Sri Lanka, Japan, USA and Kenya and just ahead of Fiji, in the numbers playing rugby. (the Scotsman)

A star-studded show, scheduled for Meadowbank Sports Centre on 29 April and featuring Scottish welterweight champion Gary Young, has been called off after organiser Azar Khan was refused a promoting licence by boxing chiefs. (Daily Record)

Top darts manufacturer Unicorn is ready to support a centre of excellence that is likely to be in Glasgow. (the Sun)

Dundee CCS Stars have added fans favourite AJ MacLean to their roster for the next ice hockey season. (Daily Record)

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